H.H. The Emir Cup 2017
The Emir Cup 2017: Champion - Jassim Al-Muraikhi of Qatar, Francois Louw (South Africa) - 2nd Place, Siti Safiyah (Malaysia) - 3rd Place, and Ng Lin Zhi Shayna (Singapore) - 4th Place.
The H.H. Emir Cup 2017, the opening event of the 2017 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour season, was held from February Feb. 27 through March 5 at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-lanes in Doha, Qatar.
Players competed for total prize money of 58,200 U.S. Dollar, $43,800 less than last year’s prize fund of $102,000. The Emir Cup paid a $10,000 first prize, $6,000 for second place and $3,500 apiece for third and fourth place.
Opposite to the previous years, the Emir Cup did not award a World Bowling Tour or Professional Bowlers Association title. However, the top 16 Asian men will be awarded Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour ranking points (no extra finals to be played).
Qualifying (eight games, including the two highest four-game series; unlimited re-entries) ran over six days including 10 squads featuring four games each. Women received eight pins handicap each game.
Total 32 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, March 5, including the top 16 players with the highest 8-game totals plus the next eight foreign bowlers and the next eight local bowlers.
Those 32 were split into four groups of eight players, who bowled seven games of round robin match play. The winner of each match received 3 points while loser got zero points. Each tie was broken in a one-ball roll-off. The top 4 of each group advanced to single-elimination finals in bracket system.
In bracket play, matches consisted of two games with the highest pinfall advancing. The field was trimmed to eight, four and then two players, who bowled for the title.
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Qatar Bowling Open 2016
Diana Zavjalova of Latvia became the 31st woman in the history of the European Bowling Tour and the third in the 2016 season to win an EBT title when she defeated Pontus Andersson of Sweden in the title match over two games total pins, 474-427.
The 2013 USBC Queens champion, who received eight pins women’s handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour, won both matches on her way to the title scratch.
Zavjalova earned the $40,000 top prize in the richest tournament on the EBT along with her first EBT and World Bowling Tour title.
In the semi-final match, also with the two-game total determining the winner, Zavjalova who finished the second round of the finals in fourth place to take last spot for the playoffs, faced the No. 1 seed, three-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who owns 12 PBA titles, including six majors, and one EBT title.
Trailing the two-hander from down under by eight pins after the first game, Zavjalova rebounded with a 247-213 win for a 468-442 victory.
Andersson, the no. 2 seed, met third-seeded Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia in the other semi-final match. Muaz, who made the cut to the finals in the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad, fell in a 275-223 hole and though he won the second game, 246-217, it was too much to catch Andersson who advanced, 492-469.
Andersson took home $20,000 for second place, while Belmonte and Muaz received 7,000 apiece for third and fourth place.
Photos by: Terence Yaw
2nd World Singles Championships 2016
Jesper Agerbo of Denmark and defending women’s champion Kelly Kulick, United States, struck gold in the World Singles Championships which concluded Friday afternoon with the knock-out finals at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. Along with the gold medal, Agerbo and Kulick received 8,000 and 6,000 Dollar bonuses, respectively. Source:http://www.bowlingdigital.com
Agerbo, a seven-time European champion, flew past 19-year-old Rafiq Ismail (left) of Malaysia, 256-205, to seal the victory.
PWBA spokesperson Kulick, who won the inaugural World Singles Championships in Cyprus in 2012, defeated 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year New Hui Fen (pictured with Shayna Ng, right) of Singapore, 214-195, to successfully defend her title.
In the semifinals, Agerbo, who won three gold medals at the 2016 European Championships (singles, trios and all-events), eliminated No. 4 seed, Joonas Jähi (left) of Finland, 234-168. Jähi won two gold medals at the 2016 European Championships (doubles and team) and finished second to Agerbo in all-events.
In the other match, Ismail sidelined three-time Asian champion Michael Mak (right) of Hong Kong, 235-224. Ismail received the silver medal while Mak and Jähi both got a bronze medal.
The women’s medal round featured three USA vs. Singapore matches. Fourth-seeded New, who won the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship for her first career PWBA title and the first major, edged top-seeded world champion Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured with Kelly Kulick, right), 238-237, to advance to the title match.
Second-seeded Kulick (right), who made sports history by winning the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event, eliminated New’s team mate and No. 3 seed, Shayna Ng, 216-172, in the other semifinal match.
New earned the silver medal while Pluhowsky and Ng shared the bronze medal.